Friday, September 18, 2015

Readers' Poll Results: Beethoven's 1st and 8th Symphonies

Beethoven's 1st and 8th Symphonies

Fewer responses this week, but thank you to all of you that contributed your thoughts!


Symphony #1

Columbia SAX 2318
Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra


Epic BC 1292 (Columbia SAX 2493)
George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra

Fontana SFL 14084
Franz Konwitschny, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Heliodor 89 613
Ferenc Fricsay, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

RCA LSC-2491 (or RCA SB-2127)
Pierre Monteux, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra



Symphony #8

Columbia SAX 2318
Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra

Epic BC 1254 (Columbia SAX 2565)
George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra

RCA LSC-2491 (or RCA SB-2127)
Pierre Monteux, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Monday, September 7, 2015

Reader's Poll: Beethoven's 1st and 8th Symphonies

What are your favorite vinyl performances and recordings of Beethoven's 1st and 8th Symphonies?



Please click on the comments link below to tell us your top choices.

Readers' Poll Results: Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Choral)

Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Choral)

Thanks to all our readers for their many responses this week!


Decca 6BB 121/2

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Lorengar/Minton/Burrows/Talvela

EMI ALP 1286/7 (mono)

Wilhelm Furtwangler, Orchestra and Chorus of the 1951 Bayreuth Festival
Schwartzkopf/Hongen/Hopf/Edelman

EMI CFP 142  (XLP 20001/2 mono)

Carl Schuricht, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and Chorale
Elisabeth Brasseur
Lipp/Hoffgen/Dickie/Frick

EMI CFP 40019 
(SXLP 30085 or ASDF 105/6)
Andre Cluytens, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of St. Hedwig's Cathedral, Berlin
Browenstijn/Meyer/Gedda/Guthrie

Epic BSC 112 (Columbia SAX 2512/13)

George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
Bell/Hobson/Addison/Lewis


Music for Pleasure MFP 2099/100
William Steinberg, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Lee/Simon/Knees/Paul

Reader's Digest RD-34 (7 LP box set)
Rene Leibowitz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Reader's Poll: Your favorite Beethoven 9th Symphony ("Choral")

What are your favorite vinyl performances and recordings of Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Choral)?



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Readers' Poll Results: Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Thanks to all our readers for their many responses this week!


Columbia ML 4009 (mono)

Bruno Walter, New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Decca LXT 2851 (mono)

Erich Kleiber, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Deutsche Grammophon 2530 516

Carlos Kleiber, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

EMI CFP 40007

Andre Cluytens, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Fontana SFL 14083

Franz Konwitschny, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Philips 802 769 LY

George Szell, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


Reader's Digest RD-34 (7 LP box set)
Rene Leibowitz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra